Understanding the Car Auction Sheet – What’s an Auction Grade?

Have you ever tried viewing vehicles at a Japanese car auction? Well, chances are you’ve seen an auction sheet. It can be overwhelming for non-Japanese people when they try to read one for the first time. Well, do not worry because we will help you make some sense of a car auction sheet. In this post, we are going to discuss the crucial information you need to understand when reading this document.

Car Auction Sheet Sections

In Japan, used cars go through a stringent inspection system that has been improved and refined over the years. It is trusted by local and international buyers alike. However, it is worth noting that auction sheets are not uniform across all houses. That said, all the basic details are similar across different auction sheets. In this post, we are going to discuss the sections of Used Car System Solution (USS) auction sheet.

Sales Point

This section contains the information that will ‘wows’ potential buyers. Typically, you will see the good qualities of the vehicle here.

Notice

In this part, you can possibly see the positive and negative points of the vehicle. For instance, the inspector can include the strong qualities of the car, including seat heaters, HDD Navigation, and spare keys, among others. In other cases, the inspector can include the cons they spotted on the car, including engine noise or something as drastic as mileage change.

Inspector Report

This section is one of the crucial parts of an auction sheet. It contains the description of the condition of the car’s interior and exterior. It also illustrates whether there are problems like dents, scratches, dents, and deformation. The inspector also includes information about repairs, oil drips, and leakages—basically, everything that the vehicle has been through.

Mileage

Inspectors write the mileage accurately, down to the last kilometer seen in the odometer. The inspector at the auction house also indicates if there is a mismatch in the information from the car’s Car Registration Certificate and the odometer mileage.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or Chassis Number

Keep in mind that in Japan, the age of a car is counted from its first registration in the country. So, the date in the auction sheet is not necessarily the actual date of manufacture. If you are importing a vehicle in a country with car age restrictions, we recommend checking the actual manufacture date.

Understanding the Auction Grade

The Auction Grade represents the overall condition of the vehicle. In general, this information will help you determine how much money you need to spend to make the car fit for trade sales. The grades range from 2 to 6, but 5 to 3 is the standard in most auction houses. Here is a description of the various grades:

  • Grade 6 or S – In most cases, cars with this grade are brand new. In some instances, demo vehicles (even with 2000 km of mileage) are given this grade as long as the plastic on the seats is intact.
  • Grade 5: Good as new.
  • Grade 4.5: Slightly used condition.
  • Grade 4: Used condition with minimal blemishes.
  • Grade 3.5: Good condition with noticeable imperfections.
  • Grade 3: Possible light damage with average condition marks.
  • Grade 2: May have been through an accident; poor condition.
  • Grade R or RA: Vehicles with this grade are newer used cars from Japan that have been repaired or heavily modified.

So, are you ready to get your own vehicle from a Japanese car auction? Well, it’s about time you used our online auction tool! If you need more information about car auction sheet, feel free to contact Carused.jp today!

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